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Police Find Cadillac, Link Knife to McNeill Murder

Posted August 13, 1998

— Durham police have found a second rental car that accused murderer Nathaniel Fair drove while he was being sought for the slaying of Reubin McNeill. And, for the first time, Raleigh investigators are saying how the Wake County educator was killed.

Raleigh police confirmed the murder weapon was some sort of knife. That knife has not been recovered. What has been recovered is a second vehicle investigators say was rented after McNeill was killed.

Police found the white Cadillac Catera on Bennett Court in Durham about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a tip from a 9-1-1 caller. Spots of blood and plenty of fingerprints could be seen on the car. Raleigh police will be searching it for further evidence in their investigation.

Police say Fair rented the car at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro under McNeill's name.

At Fair's first court appearance Thursday afternoon, McNeill's family cheered when the judge denied setting bail for Fair. Fair is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery in the death of the popular Wake County educator. Fair added fuel to the fire when he told reporters Wednesday night that he knew McNeill.

"I knew him," Fair said. "Well, that's another story there. He's not what they say -- a boyfriend of mine. But you can take it from there."

"That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard," admitted McNeill's brother, Robert. "Because Reubin worked on such a time schedule, that had anything like that had been going on, someone else would've known."

Police say that whoever dropped the Cadillac off in the Durham neighborhood where it was found probably was not involved in McNeill's murder. They suspect Fair traded the car for drugs.

In addition to searching for a knife, Raleigh police are still trying to recover some of Reubin McNeill's belongings, such as his glasses and wallet.

Investigators are still not commenting on a motive in the case.


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